Born out of the desire to put music at the heart of European issues and to support professionals in their problems on a European scale, the Centre national de la musique (CNM) initiated the One Voice for European Music process in September 2021. This aims to strengthen European Union (EU) support for the music sector, building on the momentum of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU (FPEU). Complementing the crucial advocacy work carried out by the AB Music Working Groups and the European Agenda for Music, its main objective is to bring together a large number of music industry organisations active at European level in order to create a single voice for European music and set in motion a new dynamic around key themes: mobility, knowledge of the sector, innovation, ecological transition, etc. The professionals and organisations from the countries holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union have already committed to making this consultation process a permanent one.


One Voice under the Swedish presidency of the Council of the EU

Within the project three focus groups were established :

  • Enabling innovation, artistic freedom and sustainability.
  • A developed framework for mobility for the Swedish music industry in Europe.
  • An increased diversity and inclusion in the music sector.

Three digital meetings per group were set up. First, a main national round table discussion has been organized. Then, international participants were invited (2-3 selected per group) to discuss international perspectives. Ultimately, a publicly streamed round table discussion and presentation of the developed draft was held.

The results from the group discussions were presented as three short and very concrete action plans toward the politics and the industry/sector itself. An event took place in May 2023 in Nalen to present the findings to all the stakeholders and the press.

One Voice under the Czech presidency of the Council of the EU

SoundCzech, an organization committed to supporting the Czech music scene and financed by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, followed up the One Voice for European Music initiative. Between 1 July and 31 December 2022, two priority themes were addressed :

  • the status of artists (in partnership with IDU, IMMF, SAI)
  • the functioning of small and medium-sized concert halls, key players for emerging artists

The recommendations  are the result of the working groups that took place on 28 September 2022 in Prague. 

One Voice under the French presidency of the Council of the EU

In 2021, the Centre national de la musique (CNM) launched the One Voice For European Music initiative, in order to strengthen the European Union (EU) support for the music sector. From October 2021 to February 2022, four thematic working groups have been organised (each consisting of a double 2h discussion session), focusing on different key priorities identified through preliminary discussions with the sector. The agendas of these working groups were co-constructed with the sector so as not to leave any important matter aside. The result of this process is the following report, an inclusive, consensual set of recommendations developed with the objective of serving the general interest of the European music sector. 

One voice for european music


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